Looking Glass Falls

Best seen in winter, the cascade freezes over, with large icicles dangling from the upper edge and the base pool turning to ice as well.

A 60-foot free fall into the pool below, this cascade tumbles out of Looking Glass Creek. A little over a decade ago, the Forest Service augmented the scenic spot with a handicapped-accessible viewing deck, a larger parking lot, and a new system of steps for easier access to the base. These much-needed updates supported the boom in visitors in recent years, so if you're looking to avoid crowds, try going in winter or early spring.

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1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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Safety

Heed posted warning signs indicating danger and stay on established trails. Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the water above a waterfall. Rocks can be slippery and it's easy to lose your balance especially with bare feet. Currents near waterfalls can be extremely swift even in areas further upstream. Never jump off waterfalls or dive into plunge pools at the base of waterfalls. Rocks and logs can be hidden beneath the surface of the water. Often waterfall pools have swirling water or currents that can drag and keep you underwater. Even if you have seen other people enjoy playing around waterfalls, be aware they have been lucky to escape unharmed. Waterfalls are constantly changing with varying water flows and erosion of the rocks around them. The current from one place to the next may be faster than you anticipate and the arrangement of rocks or other debris such as logs in the plunge pool is ever changing.

 

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